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Poster: AshesRising Date: Nov 16, 2006 12:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lyric flubs

Good Morning, Max:
..honestly, I never saw the word "flub" until I found this archive last December and I don't think twice about them. Only time I cared about Jerry singing incorrect lyrics was when it was an obvious sign that he was in extremely poor health so I took it as a cue to just pray harder for him.

I also took notice when it was obvious that he deliberately changed a word or a line because it gave some insight into the different levels of meaning the song held and how Jerry approached it versus how Hunter wrote it. Just one example of several: Hunter's lyric in "Scarlet Begonias" is: "And there's nothing wrong with the LOVE that's in her eye..." Jerry changed it to: "And there's nothing wrong with the LOOK that's in her eye..." Seems like there's a big difference between those two approaches, especially when you consider that just a couple of lines before that one is the classic "Once in a while / you get shown the light /in the strangest of places / if you look at it right." Hunter's phrases that sentiment as fact and then a couple of lines later is the contrast with Jerry of "love in her eye" vs. "look in her eye" (Is it possible that one of them had the epiphany of seeing the "Light" in another's eye while the other one just saw the "look"? ..possibly, I guess.)
As for Weir, to be fair you gotta consider that he was seven years younger than Phil and six years younger than Hunter. However, he caused Hunter a lot of distress by deliberatel f&%cking with his lyrics: it may seem minor to one looking in from the outside but according to Phil it caused a lot of tension on the inside when Weir would just replace words or add words that seemed silly and devoid of reason and meaning. A couple of examples are: "Greatest Story Ever Told" and "Playin' in the Band." According to Phil, it was when Weir added a line to "Sugar Magnolia" at a Capitol Theatre show in 1971 that things got rather "heated" backstage. The line that Weir inserted much to Humter displeasure was: "Jump like a Willys in a four-wheel drive." The argument backstage concluded with Hunter turning "all responsibility of Weir's lyrics over to Barlow wiith the words, 'Take him, he's yours.'" (Lesh, "Searching for the Sound," @2003) Not only did he completely f&ck with the lyrics that ended up as "One More Saturday Night," but he requested to call it "U.S. Blues." Hunter obviously declined allowing him to take the title but he gave him the lyrics and demanded that his name not be associated with them... I know this was a rather long-winded post but it is the best I can do to explain my own feelings to your question as I know you are gonna get a lot of varying responses. In the end I see Jerry and Weir, in regards to the approach to the lyrics, as the Genius and the Idiot-Savant Weir had an extremely bright mind but he was also kinda the "class clown" as well which, for some, can becone too much to handle. ("What in the world ever became of sweet Jane / She lost her sparkle, you know she isn't the same / EVER SINCE SHE WENT AND HAD HER SEX CHANGED / All a friend can say is "Ain't it a shame"/ - I'll take a so-called Jerry "flub" over that anytime, everytime. Max, Be Well ---AshesRising

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Poster: cosmicharlie Date: Nov 16, 2006 6:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lyric flubs

maybe it's just my imagination but when Garcia flubbed a verse, he would make up for it with some incredible jamz - could be that wasn't why, but i like to think it was